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Westtown Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania

Westtown Township is a township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 10,827 at the 2010 census.

Westtown Township
County Bridge No. 148
Location in Chester County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Chester County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Coordinates: 39°57′02″N 75°32′51″W / 39.95056°N 75.54750°W / 39.95056; -75.54750Coordinates: 39°57′02″N 75°32′51″W / 39.95056°N 75.54750°W / 39.95056; -75.54750
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyChester
Area
 • Total8.74 sq mi (22.63 km2)
 • Land8.66 sq mi (22.44 km2)
 • Water0.07 sq mi (0.19 km2)
Elevation
269 ft (82 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total10,827
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
10,865
 • Density1,254.04/sq mi (484.20/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)610
FIPS code42-029-84104
Websitehttp://www.westtownpa.org
A police car of the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department, serving Westtown Township, East Goshen Township, and Thornbury Township in Chester County
A large farm in Westtown Township, July 2004

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HistoryEdit

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 8.8 square miles (23 km2), of which 8.7 square miles (23 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.23%, is water.

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1930785
194091216.2%
19509949.0%
19601,94795.9%
19705,069160.3%
19806,77433.6%
19909,93746.7%
200010,3524.2%
201010,8274.6%
Est. 201610,865[2]0.4%
[4]

At the 2010 census, the township was 89.4% non-Hispanic White, 3.8% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.2% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and 1.3% were two or more races. 2.4% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry [1].

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 10,352 people, 3,705 households, and 2,949 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,185.5 people per square mile (457.8/km²). There were 3,795 housing units at an average density of 434.6/sq mi (167.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 93.97% White, 2.59% African American, 0.07% Native American, 2.42% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 3,705 households, out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.6% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.4% were non-families. 16.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the township the population was spread out, with 26.9% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $85,049, and the median income for a family was $96,318. Males had a median income of $66,675 versus $43,482 for females. The per capita income for the township was $36,894. About 2.1% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

Political representationEdit

Westtown Township is represented by State Representative, Carolyn Comitta156th District and State Senator, Tom Killion9th District. In the U.S. House of Representatives, Representative Chrissy Houlahan, 6th District (as of 2019) and U.S. Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey Jr. (as of 2019).

Township officialsEdit

Westtown Township is governed by a three(3) member Board of Supervisors. Under the supervision of the Board the township has many arms of government, including the Township's Planning Commission, Historical Commission, Parks & Recreation Commission, and the Zoning Hearing Board.

Township Board of Supervisors members 2015:

  • Michael T. Di Domenico, Chair
  • Carol R. DeWolf, Vice Chair
  • Thomas F. Haws, Jr., Police Commissioner
  • Robert R. Pingar, P.E., Township Manager and Director of Engineering.

EducationEdit

 
Stetson Middle School

West Chester Area School District serves the township.[6] Elementary schools serving sections include Penn Wood, Sarah Starkweather, Westtown-Thornbury, and Glen Acres.[7] Almost all residents are zoned to Stetson Middle School and West Chester Rustin High School, while the far northern portion of the township is zoned to Fugett Middle School and West Chester East High School.[8]

Other schools in the township include Westtown School, an independent school for grades pre-K through 12; the St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish School and the Ss. Simon and Jude Parish School, Catholic schools for grades pre-K through 8; and the Concept School, a private school for grades 5 through 12.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20170812061547/http://www.dvrpc.org/data/databull/rdb/db82/appedixa.xls. Archived from the original on August 12, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "West Chester Area Council of Governments Map." On the website of West Goshen Township. Retrieved on September 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "School Boundary Adjustment Draft SK8C - Current Boundaries with Zones of Change" (Elementary). West Chester Area School District. Retrieved on September 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "School Boundary Adjustment Draft SK8C - Current Boundaries with Zones of Change" (Secondary). West Chester Area School District. Retrieved on September 26, 2018.

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